France to summon Turkish envoy over Erdogan’s ‘insults’: French presidency

Erdogan (L) and France’s Macron gesture as they attend a meeting at the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. (File photo: AFP)

France’s Foreign Ministry will summon Turkey’s ambassador following insulting comments made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a French presidency official said on Friday.

Erdogan said that Emmanuel Macron’s warning that NATO was suffering from “brain death” reflected a “sick and shallow” understanding and that he should check whether he was not brain dead himself.

“On the latest excesses by the Turkish president, these are not statements, these are insults,” the official said. “We are expecting president Erdogan to clarify.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01